Mr Israel Kanu, the father of the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerians over the release of his son.
The elder Kanu is the traditional ruler of Afara Ukwu Ibeku Autonomous Community, Umuahia, Abia State.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Umuahia that he was grateful to “well-meaning Nigerians for their prayers and support’’ during Nnamdi’s incarceration.
He added that he was amazed by the goodwill and show of solidarity by Nigerians, especially the pro-Biafra groups, which, he said, “stood by us for the period my son was detained.”
He said that he was particularly grateful to God that the court acquitted his son of all the charges, including treasonable felony, brought against him.
“My family and the entire people of Afara Ukwu are happy over the release of our son and we shall continue to thank God and Nigerians for this happy event,” Kanu said.
In a related development, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) also hailed the president ‘for listening to the pleas of Ndigbo and progressive Nigerians.’
In a statement made available to NAN, OYC said that Kanu’s release had doused the tension generated by his detention, adding that the development had spared Nigeria of another security challenge.
The statement was signed by the National President and Secretary of the organisation, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Nnabuike Okwu, respectively.
It said that Kanu’s release would go a long way to restore the confidence of Ndigbo in Buhari’s administration.
On his part, the Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Uchenna Madu, described the release of its leader as ‘triumph over injustice, suppression, oppression and subjugation of IPOB.’